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Two Southern California Universities Named CRPC Affiliated Sites
Parallel Computing Research Volume 6, Issue 3, Fall 1998

The CRPC's strong research efforts in the area of computational grids have led to the naming of collaborating groups at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California (USC) as CRPC affiliated sites.

Computer Science and Engineering Professor Francine Berman, leader of the UCSD affiliated site, is working with the CRPC on making heterogeneous computing configurations, or grids, usable for real applications. Formerly a member of the CRPC External Advisory Committee, Berman is developing models and software for scheduling parallel applications on distributed heterogeneous resources. Her main focus is to coordinate the use of networked resources for large-scale parallel applications.

Carl Kesselman, Director of Heterogeneous Distributed Computing, is the leader of the USC ISI affiliated site. His research interests are in the areas of parallel programming language and environments, high-performance distributing computing, and compositional C++. He is primarily involved with the CRPC through his work on Globus, a research and development project advancing the technology and application of high-performance distributed computing by developing new software tools. He and CRPC researcher Ian Foster of Argonne National Laboratory recently won the Global Information Infrastructure Next Generation Award for Globus Ubiquitous Supercomputing Testbed (GUSTO), a prototype for future computational grids that will make computing power available to users on demand the way power grids make electricity available.

Foster and Kesselman are editors of the recently released book, The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure. Written by more than 30 experts in high-performance computing and networking, including Berman, CRPC Director Ken Kennedy, and CRPC researchers Jack Dongarra, Dennis Gannon, Paul Messina, and Daniel Reed, the book provides a vision of what computational grids are, why they are needed, who will use them, and how they will be programmed.

The CRPC now has seven core sites and nine affiliated sites at universities and laboratories nationwide.